India in talks with Poland, Romania and Kazakhstan for education of Ukrainian evacuees: Jaishankar in LS

India is exploring the possibility of sending its students evacuated from war-torn Ukraine to Hungary, Romania and Poland as well as Kazakhstan to complete their studies, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar told Lok on Wednesday. Sabha.

Jaishankar said the Ukrainian government has also offered to exempt medical students from taking two key exams. He also told Lok Sabha members that the Finance Ministry had asked banks to assess the impact of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict and the subsequent repatriation of students from the war zone to India on student loans. studies that they had contracted to continue their studies there. .

The government discovered that 1,319 of the evacuees had outstanding loans, the foreign minister said.

Hungary has let India know that it can allow medical students evacuated from Ukraine to study at its universities.

Nearly 22,500 people – mostly students – have returned to India following Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine. The Indian government evacuated the majority of them via Poland, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Moldova, as Ukraine’s airspace was closed immediately after the Russian invasion launched on February 24 .

“In addition to Hungary, there were offers from other countries. We have been in contact with Hungary, Romania, Kazakhstan and Poland regarding the continuing education of students evacuated from Ukraine. Because these countries have similar education systems,” the foreign minister said.

He said the Ukrainian government has decided that there will be a relaxation for students regarding the promotion from third to fourth year.

“The compulsory KROK exam has been postponed to the next academic year. As for sixth-year students, degrees would be issued without taking the mandatory KROK-2 exams. The criterion would be academic performance only,” Jaishankar said.

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